Timothy Fredrick Waltonen

May 21, 1943September 24, 2020

Timothy F. Waltonen, M.Div., Ph.D.

Timothy F. Waltonen, 77, of Fredericksburg, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from complications of Lewy Body Dementia.

Of Finnish descent, Tim grew up in the small Ohio village of Fairport Harbor on Lake Erie. He graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, in 1965, and credited his liberal arts education for integrating his love of literature, music, art, and religion into his personal and professional life.

Tim liked to say that he led a “double life.” After completing a Master’s degree in Divinity at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1969, he served congregations in Rochester, NY, East Cleveland and Hartville, OH. In 1993, Tim completed a M.A. in English from the University of Akron, and began a Ph.D. program at George Washington University, Washington D.C., in Contemporary American Literature, graduating in 2005 at the age of 61. During his doctoral program, he joined the English faculty at the University of Mary Washington, while simultaneously undertaking numerous part-time assignments as an interim pastor for the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Tim was especially gifted in stabilizing difficult, troubled, and conflicted congregations to prepare them for a new pastor. In all, Tim completed a total of 19 interim positions and taught for 16 years at the University of Mary Washington.

Tim is survived by Jan, his wife of 55 years, son Josh Waltonen (Lori), two daughters, Cynthia Howard (Greg) and Shelley Moore (Mark), three sisters, Linda Sneeringer (Stan) , Jane Patty (Charlie), and Mary Kemphaus (Ralph), and 9 grandchildren.

Due to Covid restrictions, calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service portico, 1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, from 4:00 to 5:30. The funeral home asks that you wear a mask and offer in-person condolences from your car. A private funeral service for the immediate family is scheduled at Christ Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg. It will be posted to the Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service web site, on Tim's page.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

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“What we once enjoyed And deeply loved We can never lose, For all that we love deeply Becomes a part of us.” -Helen Keller


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    Saturday, October 17, 2020


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Marlene Kindred

October 12, 2020

My deepest condolences to Jan and family on the passing of Tim. I worked with Tim at the Campus Christian Community at UMW. He was such a calming and gentle soul. My prayers for your peace in the coming days.


Maureen "Moe" Nolet

October 11, 2020

I had the honor of sharing exercises classes at Golds Gym with Tim. He was always right next to me, to my left. Sometimes a particular exercise was a bit tough & we would look at one another & raise our eyebrows & make a face at each other, but we continued on. He was a gentleman with a great sense of humor & I will miss him at our classes but I know he will be next to me in spirit. Rest In Peace. Love & my deepest sympathy to the family.

Susan Osborne

October 11, 2020

It was a delight for me, and for everyone, to participate in gym classes together. He was always so willing to be part of the fun. His determination to participate was remarkable. I’ll remember Tim with fond memories. All of us had such fun.

Marian McCabe

October 5, 2020

Dear Jan, My heart goes out to you and your family. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting your husband, from reading the memories and condolences of other friends I can see that he was a wonderful, warm, compassionate gentleman. I wish I could hug you and have a chat. My prayers go with you, my friend. Marian (from the Virginiana Room at CRRL) and Hugh McCabe

Lois Advey

October 5, 2020

It seems that the years have passed so quickly. Wasn't it just yesterday the the Independence Street Gang was playing baseball in the street? We did not realize how fortunate we were to grow up in Fairport at the time. We had a great education, sidewalks to visit friends and our beach. We also had The Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras! Bless Tim as he travels to Heaven and achieves his final reward.

Lois Bradley Advey
540 Cape Street
Painesville, Ohio 44077

Cecile (Lucie’s sister) Ouellet

October 4, 2020

Receive my deepest condolences, Jan, Josh, Cynthia, Doug and the complete family and friends. May the happy memories and the privilege of having shared a good part of your life with such a great man soothe this separation.

Rev. Ken and Marti Martin

October 3, 2020

“Pastor Tim” was a kind, caring interim pastor who was loved by our congregation at Resurrection Lutheran Church. We have missed his gentle spirit among us, and we offer our sincere sympathy and God’s blessing to his family and others to whom he was beloved. May God bless all of you.

Rebecca Collie

October 2, 2020

What a dear, sweet, gentle, kind man. I am privileged to be a member of Messiah Lutheran Church where we were lucky to have Pastor Tim with us an an interim pastor for about 2 years. We were blessed with his calming presence at a time that we needed healing. I will always remember some of his sermons. He truly was a messenger of God and will be sorely missed!

chris foss

October 1, 2020

Tim was simply put one of the most decent human beings I've met, and both his love of literature and his commitment to social justice were truly inspiring. Rest in peace, my friend!--Chris Foss

carol smith

October 1, 2020

Pastor Waltonen came to St Paul as our Interim Pastor. God sent this wonderful man to us. He was such a blessing in the short time he was with us. His calming and gentle personality was appreciated as we worked as a team.
I am saddened by his passing.
Well done, good and faithful servant. :)
carol (secretary , St Paul Lutheran Church, Strasburg, VA)


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